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Yearly Wrapup: June 2006

yearlywrapup.jpgOver the next twelve days, we will revisit some of the posts from the past year.


Our favourite weather phenemenom Mr El Nino continues to play tricks on us. On this particular day, he pulled a giant rabbit out of his hat and gave us sunshine and warmth at a time the temperatures were beginning to plummet.

We wonder aloud if pubs and public establishments alike will be open to cater to masses of round ball newbies who’re curious about the game. Work productivity not withstanding, something that happens every 4 years should be greeted with much fanfare, shouldn’t it?

3 goals in the last 8 minutes. Millions of Australians witnessed history when Australia came away with all 3 points after a historic first win in the World Cup.

It was a bloodbath as Melburnians and New Yorkers had each other by their throats over the title of the undisputed King of Sandwiches. I’ve never been to New York, but after reading this post, i’ll like to fly there just for them sandwiches!

In my very first post, i question the integrity of Australian round ball haters. Having despised the world game for decades, Australians developed a sudden interest in the game. Such a fickle crowd to satisfy.

So who’s batty enough to brave a 4 degree winter’s cold to watch the World Cup? Not me!

So how famous is Melbourne exactly? The Age‘s Melbourne Magazine hits the streets in America, Asia and Europe to find out how far does the Melbourne brand name travel to. Apparently, not much.

“There is no world event that is beyond the capacity of Australia to organise superbly.” – John Howard.
In this post, i explore the remote possiblity of Australia hosting the World Cup. An in-depth analysis later, i must say, it’s rather rar-fetched indeed.

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January


February


March


April


May

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Yearly Wrapup: May 2006

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Squirt chances upon a company that prints quality photos into chocolates. The idea of ‘looking good enough to eat’ is taken to a whole new level!

Great observational skills aside, Squirt wonders out loud how beauty in Melbourne is defined. Personally i like them women freckled. :O

Vigilant cops are beginning to clamp down on reckless behavious on trains, namely forcing them doors open to either get in or out. They’re doing such a great job, doors are still being forced open on a regular basis. Quit loading around coppers and arrest them juvenile delinquents/drunk bogans/bored dole-bludgers!

As World Cup fever afflicts all Australians, a curious little question mark appears over their oval ball obsessed heads: “Just what in the world is the offside rule?” We attempt to investigate.

Squirt gripes about a distinct lack of civic-mindedness and public politeness. My two cents’ worth? Hailing from overseas, i can honestly say that Melbourne is genuinely a nice bunch of folks who look out for one another, has nary a pretence and are sincere to a fault. You get the odd seat hogger once in awhile, but even the dodgiest looking bloke is capable of offering their seat for the needy. I say it coz i’ve seen it.

Previous Yearly Wrapup posts:
January
February
March
April

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Yearly Wrapup: April 2006

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The start of the F1 Grand Prix kicked off in Melbourne. Alonso of the
Renault driving team ended up winning the series and our beloved Mark Webber
finished 14th overall.

The yearly festival debuts and every year, Melburnians wonder, "What
should I see?".

The theme for every year. April brought us $1.35 fuel, today’s fuel
price: $1.21. Fuel prices go up and down more than the prostitutes in St.
Kilda (Bam!).

Melbourne starting to feel the financial effects of Cyclone Larry. $10/kg
in April, currently $6-7/kg.

Previous Yearly Wrapup posts:

January


February
March

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Yearly Wrapup: March 2006

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With only days away from the games, Melbournians worry, and event
organizers have only sold half the tickets. Charging $290 – $490 for a ticket
to the opening ceremony is a bit crazy.

A pillow fight flash mob. WTF?

Australia starts a $180 million dollar ad campaign with the slogan "Where
the bloody hell are you?
". Somehow this offended the English but its more
free publicity for Australia. Squirt put it best: "I reckon, the immigration
officers and greeters at all major airports should greet every tourist,
especially those from United Kingdom, with the phrase "Welcome to bloody
Australia!" Apparently the ad campaign was

deemed a failure
as tourist numbers dropped from the UK, Germany and
Japan.

The girl from the ad,
Lara Bingle, has been
in and out of the news with the latest gossip that she broke up Brendan
Fevola’s (of the Carlton Blues) marriage.

Everyone seems to agree that the opening ceremony was amazing. Fireworks,
sports figures walking on water, ducks, and of course my bro, John So.

Farmers from all over Australia have had a bad year. The biggest effect of the
cyclone has been the price of bananas. They were hovering around $12-13/kg
for most of the year and are now down to $7/kg.

Previous Yearly Wrapup posts:

January


February

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Yearly Wrapup: February 2006

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A Danish newspaper publishes cartoons portraying the prophet Mohammed.
Hilarity doesn’t follow and instead there are anti-Danish and anti-Christian
demonstrations. None of the newspapers in Australia published the cartoons.

$17 bucks for a ticket and most of the cars are locked. I don’t think this
will ever change.

"I realised the trains are more crowded these days, especially in the
mornings. Not only were the people packed like sardines, it felt as if oxygen
was slowly being sucked out of the carriages too….Just imagine what the
carriages will be like during the commonwealth games …" Connex surprisingly
increased the number of trains running during the Commonwealth games to
compensate for more people and the trains ended up a lot less full. Are the
trains back to full capacity now?

Melbournians were very nervous about the increase of people and traffic to
the city during the Commonwealth games. It ended up not being that bad at
all.

Of course, what is Metroblogging Melbourne without mentioning Krispy Kreme
Doughnuts. mmm donuts. Everyone had a comment about Krispy Kremes and there
wasn’t even a location in Victoria yet. KK teased us with 10,000 free donuts
at QV and 4 months later, Victoria’s first KK store opened in Narre Warren.

Previous Yearly Wrapup posts:

January

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Yearly Wrapup: January 2006

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The month started off with the hottest day of the year. For some reason, I decided to sleep in a tent Dec. 31/Jan 1 and the
temperature in the tent was a good 45 degrees.

William talks about the
Melbourne Flickr group which is still going strong. Feel free to join and add any pictures you like.

Squirt is excited about the new Melbourne Central food court. Almost 1 year later the food court is still
a pretty happening place and now
has a
Krispy Kreme at the bottom. In addition there
is a supermarket, a few bars,
movie theatre, and  a gym. One could spend the entire day there.

Coke Zero is released and there doesn’t seem to be a difference from Diet Coke. Coke is going to release another drink
(an energy drink) to the
market called Mother.

The government proposes a national ID card and no one likes the idea. Currently, it looks like the cards could be coming soon at a
cost of 1.1 billion dollars. The Federal Government is making changes to
alleviate some privacy concerns of citizens.


Pubs, banks could be banned for asking for smartcard ID

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